- “Game of Thrones” cocreators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss teamed up with Spotify to make a playlist before the final season premiered.
- Benioff and Weiss said they hid the HBO drama’s ending within the 51 songs.
- Now that the season is over, the songs definitely make sense.
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Before the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” even aired, cocreators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss teased the ending in a Spotify playlist called “Game of Thrones: The End Is Coming.“
Reworked from the playlist “Game of Thrones: Songs of Ice and Fire,” it featured 51 songs that Benioff and Weiss said included a clear conclusion for the HBO show.
“The answer to the ending is 100% hidden in the playlist choices,” Benioff and Weiss told For the Record, Spotify’s blog, in an email. “No one will believe us, but it’s true.”
In retrospect, Benioff and Weiss did slide in some clues for the massive twists that took place on season eight, though some songs are more obvious than others in their references.
With lyrics like “The world is my expense/The cost of my desire/Jesus blessed me with its future/And I protect it with fire” and “Crawl with me into tomorrow/Or I’ll drag you to your grave,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Sleep Now In the Fire” seems to reference Daenerys descent into madness as she burns King’s Landing to the ground, as well as her speech about world domination.
“You have freed the people of King’s Landing from the grip of a tyrant,” Dany tells her armies after their win. “But the war is not over. We will not lay down our spears until we have liberated all the people of the world.”
Danzig’s “Her Black Wings” instantly fits with the now-iconic scene of Drogon’s wings perfectly raised around his mother, Daenerys. As for the band’s “Killer Wolf,” well, that could be a reference to Jon, since he did murder Dany and the direwolf is the sigil for the Starks.
More clues to Jon and Daenerys’ tragic romance and Jon’s decision to murder his love could lie in U2’s “Love Is Blindness,” Des Rocs’ “Let Me Live/Let Me Die,” and Tom Morello’s “Can’t Stop the Bleeding.”
“Let Me Live/Let Me Die” seems to describe Jon’s struggle to decide whether to kill Dany, whereas “Can’t Stop the Bleeding” is clearly a reference to her stabbing. As for “Love Is Blindness,” Jon was blind to Daenerys’ transition to a Mad Queen and was set to stay by her side regardless of the consequences towards his life until Tyrion mentioned Sansa and Arya.
Jon’s conversation with Tyrion could’ve been foreshadowed with Van Morrison’s “Listen to the Lion.” That song could also reference Tyrion’s speech to the surviving lords and ladies of Westeros where he says Bran should be king.
Kanye West’s “Power,” which features the line “No one man should have all that power,” foreshadows the fall of a reigning family and the democratic process instated to choose Westeros’ new leader.
Benioff and Weiss weren’t lying when they said they provided solid clues to the “Game of Thrones” finale. Fans can still listen to the playlist and decipher more clues on Spotify.
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